All Rise: The Ridiculous Game of Courtroom Debate

Created by RoughDraftGames

Assume the role of an attorney, judge, witness or jury member in this game of off-the-cuff storytelling!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Witnesses DONE. File Verification BEGUN. Premium Print and Play SOON! 💪
19 days ago – Sun, Oct 11, 2020 at 09:24:57 PM

Hello Friends!

We have some exciting news, this last week our Artist Jared Yamahata finished the last of the art for the witnesses, so we thought we'd hit two birds with one stone. We're not only going to show you some of the amazing work that our artist has put in, but we're also going to give a big thank you to a handful of you that have supported us as the "Prosecution Calls YOU to the stand" level and higher!

Introducing "The Carny" as portrayed by one of our Supreme Court Level Backers. To live the life of carny requires years of eating nothing but cotton candy and peanuts while strengthening your throwing arm to knock down those stupid, totally rigged, milk bottles. A perfect witness to call to the stand when you need expert testimony concerning snack foods, throw up, and the market value of stuffed animals.

Introducing, "The Pope," lovingly portrayed by another one of our Supreme Court Level backers. There's a lot The Pope can bring to your courtroom. If you're looking for a judge of character, who better than the Vicar of Christ? And let's be real, who's got the guts to cross-examine The Pope? Anybody? That's what we thought.

Introducing "The Photographer," as depicted by one of our "Prosecution calls YOU to the stand backers! Photographers are everywhere. How she's going to manage to upload those photos she took with that flashbulb camera to Instagram later, I'm not quite sure... BUT I do know there's no one better to talk to about a picture recovered from the scene of a crime, or even a scenic hiking trail with a perfect photo spot that just HAPPENED to be near where the crazy crime you just got done describing took place.

The other cards look just as amazing, and you're going to be seeing them very soon. You can expect the PREMIUM PRINT AND PLAY to be made available in the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted on the details.

Another update concerns the BackerKit surveys. Most of you have already filled out and completed your shipping estimates, which is fantastic! There's a couple more of you that we're still missing responses from, so be sure to double-check your email and get the responses sent back to us as soon as you can!

We're very excited guys. The file verification for our manufacturer has already begun. Stay tuned for more updates!



Backerkit Is LIVE! Finishing Artwork! Gavel mode ENGAGED!
about 2 months ago – Tue, Sep 01, 2020 at 06:18:21 PM

Hello friends! 

It's been a few weeks now since we've finished the Kickstarter campaign, and we're very excited to share with you some of the developments that we've been hard at work completing behind the scenes! First and foremost, our artists have been tirelessly completing the additional artwork unlocked in the stretch goals:

Our artist snapped a few pictures to give us a peek at the progress. Here we're preparing all of the hand-drawn art for scanning!

There's a LOT more of them to do! But, we'll get it all done!

Secondly, we wanted to let you all know that our project has gone live on Backerkit! For those that might not know, Backerkit is one of the best tools available to help us manage our pledges and communications with each and every one of our backers. Surveys will be going out shortly for everyone to confirm their shipping information and any other details that need to get squared away for fulfillment. 

Additionally, we're also allowing late pledges through Backerkit! This means if you have a friend or know someone who missed the campaign, it's not too late to pick up a copy!

Last but certainly not least, we wanted to share a decision we made about the version of the game we're producing... Because we came so close, because we love you all, and most importantly because we did a lot of number crunching and we think we can swing it... WE'RE PUTTING A PUNCHBOARD GAVEL IN THE GAME. Now you can rest assured that you will have something to clutch in your fist while barking legally enforceable orders at your friends:

All we ask in return is that you share our Backerkit link with all your friends, so they can pick up a late pledge copy and get in on the fun too.

Thank you all! More updates soon!

-- RDG

CAMPAIGN COMPLETE! Next Steps and Podcast Retrospective!
3 months ago – Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 11:58:16 AM

Hi there Judges, Jurors, and Attorneys!

It's been about a week since the successful campaign(!) so we wanted to give everyone a quick update of what is going on in the world of Rough Draft Games.

We have commissioned the extra pieces of art that we unlocked via stretch goals and are expecting to start seeing those roll in VERY soon. We’re stoked to be featuring over 100 pieces of unique art from two incredible artists in the base game of All Rise. Who knows where we'll land with the expansions, but to be able to unlock all of the planned card content was so crucial to our vision of All Rise; it will be great to provide our backers with so much more content as well as any future purchasers of All Rise post-campaign.

Speaking of post-campaign purchases, we WILL be opening up late pledges soon! If you or anyone you know missed out on the Kickstarter, there will be another chance to snag it at a discounted price from the eventual MSRP. We have a few extra goodies planned for that, but we’re keeping that under wraps until we can finalize a few details. We’ll just leave you with a preview poem:

If conditions are right and late pledges look bright, stretch goals won't unravel, there may still be a…

I forgot the last part.

Additionally, we have been working on drawing up a release form for those that will be featured in the game, so, if you backed at either the Prosecution Calls YOU to the Stand or The Supreme Court Package tiers, we'll be getting in touch with you soon, assigning witnesses, and getting your consent to be in the game!

Finally, if you are at all interested in a behind-the-scenes look at bringing All Rise to life or the origin story of Rough Draft Games, check out our latest episode of the Roll and Move podcast! Normally we have a blast talking about the worst and weirdest board games that we can find, but we got a little introspective and nostalgic and decided to present the oral history of Rough Draft Games and All Rise. I think there are some really good insights here if you have any interest in ever crowdfunding your own project or creating your own multimember LLC.  If you like what you hear, consider subscribing as we return to our normal content next week tackling the bottom of the bargain bin in the board game section of Half Price Books.

Talk to you soon!


The Final Hours of the campaign have arrived!
4 months ago – Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 01:18:57 PM

We’re almost there! It’s amazing to see, but you guys have taken us past stretch goal after stretch goal, blowing out expectations completely out of the water!

And while the hours are winding down on the campaign, the pledges certainly haven’t been!

We wanted to take a moment to highlight the “Courtroom Collector” pledge level. If we had enough people upgrade their pledges to fulfill it, we would not only surpass the “More Cards” stretch goal, But we would be right on the verge of hitting the funding needed to put some hefty chipboard gavels in every version of the game!

If you’re able, we’d love to send some of our original Evidence Art to you guys and give you a piece of the game itself. The illustrations are 6x8 pastel drawings on thick Canson paperback. Let’s take a look of some of the art that is up for grabs:

Exhibit 36: “A Slick-Looking Gun” “Holy smokes... Look at the size of that reticle! Are those two triggers? And… Oh my… A laser sight too? Well of course the murderer used this weapon to shoot his friend 5 times in the chest! I would too! Just look at it! It’s soooo cool! It’s practically BEGGING to be used in a crime!”

Exhibit 30: “Turtle shell” This one’s based a little in reality. One of us here at RDG was knocked unconscious when someone threw a turtle shell at him as a child. It really does make the perfect murder weapon for an animal obsessed assailant! Then again perhaps it provides the perfect defense… How could my client possibly store all that stolen lettuce in his house, as the prosecution claims, when he’s an avid collector of turtles!? It would all be gone before you know it!

Regardless of what happens in these last few hours, we cannot begin to express how grateful we are to ALL of you for bringing the game to life and getting it into the hands of over 600 people. The support has been incredible, the feedback invaluable, and the memories indelible.



24 Hours Remaining! The Final Countdown!
4 months ago – Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 01:58:39 PM

One day left on the clock, and we’re so close to riding victoriously off into the sunset! This campaign has been so eye-opening and has exceeded our expectations in almost every way. But it’s time to go out with a BANG!

We’re gonna need all the help we can get to reach #GavelsForEveryone! It’s time to pull out all of the stops. Help us spread the word by clicking the links below and sharing the campaign across social media!

Give us a shout out on Twitter!

Spread the word on Facebook!

PLUS it looks like we're closing in on the Sand Timers! You guys are going to need to expect prompt judgments and succinct arguments with these bad boys.

Up next is EVEN MORE CARDS!!! We really want to hit this stretch goal so that everyone who pledged on Kickstarter gets 100% of the cards we envisioned for the game at a fraction of the MSRP. More variety, crazier cases, more confounding evidence, and wackier characters await!

We can’t say enough how thankful we are. It is because of all of you that we have been able to make this game a reality. We are so excited to see where we end up and start cracking down on getting this bad boy produced and into your hands so that you can #SueYourFriends! 

Let’s go!